Broomdasher are a five-voice London-based acapella group who had many years’ experience between them before they first came together in 2016.
Since then, they’ve created an enviable reputation for their arrangements, harmonies and engaging live shows, which give the audience lots of opportunities to join in.
They regularly sing at folk clubs and festivals, have hosted their own radio specials and been re-booked everywhere they’ve performed. All their recordings are in the British Library's National Sound Archive Collection as "an outstanding example of grass roots folk music today". and Camden Live said: “I love them! They’re real people having a good time”.
In 2022 and 2023 they are singing at twenty British Cathedrals with Belshazzar’s Feast’s Paul Hutchinson’s new band Coracle, as the only RVW150 Festival touring event celebrating Vaughan Williams’s’ 150th birthday. Their new album, Ingrave Epiphany features all the songs they sing on the tour with hymns recorded live with Cathedral choirs
Also in 2022, they featured as a Fatea Magazine’s “Band to Watch”. In 2021, they toured their much-praised folk musical, based on Edith Holden’s Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady. The CD was hailed as an album of the year by Folking’s Mike Davies and described as “wonderful” by Folk London
Broomdasher are: Chris Hayes, a former member of the London Lubbers and The Hogeye Men; Deena Marcus-Jedamzik, who was taught by Leon Rosselsson; Josephine Swinhoe, classically trained by Vaughan Williams protégé John Carol Case; Margaret Moore, an actress and member of the Bloomsbury Woodwind Ensemble and Richard Cryan, a member of Dorten Yonder and formerly a regular on BBC Radio Derby as half of The Moonshine Duo
From Pub To Pulpit Venue and Media Responses
Glorious harmonies and finely crafted arrangements
Highly skilled and rousing singers
Harmonious and truly entertaining
Lovely harmonies, they clearly enjoy singing together
Broomdasher are an affiliate member of the English Folk Dance and Song Society based at Cecil Sharp House, Camden, London, where most of them sang before forming the group.